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2012 Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc

     Not a bad buy for only $9.99 at Costco.  There are some aspects of this wine I found very pleasant, and it was a bit of a roller coaster since the wine changed quite a bit after a little air, and after warming up slightly from the (too cold) fridge temp.

I didn’t get a lot on the nose.  There are slight floral aromas surrounded by a notable peach scent.  The wine is a pale yellow in the glass.  Light in body with flavors of citrus fruit, apple, peach and some grapefruity tart.  Finish holds on to that acidity, more tart and wraps up rather quickly. 

In all, I really admire Bonterra’s organic growing practices and they produced a good bottle here for the money.  This is a good one for summertime.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 86 Points
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA
Costco item number: 294474

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2012 Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

   Charles Krug is a good dependable name and I generally feel their wines deliver what you want for the price.  This white was $12.99 at Costco and it continues to be a good match of quality to price.

Almost see through in the glass, this wine is packed with lemon, peach, apricot and grapefruit flavors, bright and not too sour or tarty.  Nice through to the finish where the wine falls a little flat and disappears quickly after each sip. Still, not a bad buy, and it is a good versatile summer wine. 

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 86 Points
Purchased at Costco in Atlanta, GA:
Costco item number: 317024

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2012 Tangent Sauvignon Blanc Paragon Vineyard

 

Winery:  Tangent Winery, grapes from Paragon Vineyard

Varietal(s): 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Vintage: 2012

Region:  Edna Valley, California

Costco item number: 458071
Costco Price: $9.99

I have to admit, not only am I a down-home, straight-from-the-backwoods redneck, but I am one that has grown to love white wine.  I liken it to that trusty can of cold beer in the fridge.  It does one hell of a job quenching a mighty thirst after a long day of yard work or couch surfing while watching football.  Vino blanco is in the same category – I think it might even be the unsung hero of the wine world.  Now, please do not call heresy on me because I have seemingly bunched all white wine into a stereotypical amorphous lot.  I can attest – there are some high dollar, high quality whites out there that will stand against any red, any day.  What I am referencing is the white wine bottle of everyday drinking quality that is hanging out in your fridge right now, beckoning you to pour a glass and allow your troubles to drift away. 

 

Generally, when I think of a good evening Sauvignon Blanc sipper, I robotically go straight to the wines of New Zealand.  Preconceived notion I guess, but I have come to associate one with the other.   However, when this Tangent Winery Sav Blanc came coasting along my way, I had to give it a try.  This wine is well balanced between tart, acidic, dry, and sweet.  No one attribute stands high among the others, which is a good thing when you’re in the mood for uncomplicated.  I immediately picked up on the nose and taste of a Granny Smith apple – tart, yet sweet.  This wine sparkles, and provides subtle hints of citrus fruit, zest, and pineapple.  The aftertaste does not linger, but once again, this is an uncomplicated white that does not layer.  With the alcohol at 13.5%, it may be a little strong on the booze, but after a hard day’s work, maybe that is what you’re going for anyway!  Sophisticated, yet carefree!

 

On a side note, this is an SIP Certified Sustainable wine.  What does that mean?  These folks are doing a great job by providing great wines while taking good care of the land, the environment, and the people of which provide this awesome grape.  Drink well my friends!

 

Redneck Wine Guy Rating: 89

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2012 Kirkland Signature Ti Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

This one is always a summer favorite of mine.  At $7.79 this is a nicely made New Zealand style Sauvignon Blanc.  For fans of these wines, this is exactly what you expect at a great price.

In my review of the 2011 vintage I compared this to the Kim Crawford and White Haven, two very nice wines that taste similar to this one for a few dollars more.  The 2012 retains the same sub $8 price as the 2011, and it really hit me right on the super hot sunny day when I enjoyed it.

Bright citrus flavor all over the palate; a lot of lemon and lime, and some apple and grapefruit. Finishes pretty quick with some tangy acidity.  I’m going to add this bottle to our Value Picks list.  As I said before if you like New Zealand Sauv Blancs, this is a no brainer. 

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 87 Points (same as last year)
*Value Pick*

Costco item number: 301904

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French Wine Book Volume 2 Now Available

I’ve been working diligently on the latest version of my French Wine Book, “Decoding French Wine: A Beginner’s Guide to Enjoying the Fruits of the French Terroir,” and I’m happy to say that this new second edition is live today on Amazon.com.

The Kindle version is only $3.99 and it includes information on major French wine regions including Bordeaux, Loire, Burgundy, Alsace, Rhone, Languedoc-Roussillon and Champagne.  This book is short and conscise, written to help the beginner wine drinker become more familiar with French wines that may seem overly complicated and complex.

I wanted to really make this simple to digest, and to help turn more people on to these amazing wines.  If you’ve followed this site for a while, you know I have a tendency to review many of the French wines, particularly the 2010 Bordeaux because they are an amazing vintage. But I also look at many other French wines and regions, because the value is typically so great, especially at Costco. So here’s a chance to boost your knowledge and ultimately, your enjoyment, of these awesome wines.

Download a free sample chapter here.

Thanks for supporting this site.

Andrew, Editor

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2012 Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc

I wasn’t expecting much from a California Sauvignon Blanc priced under $8 but this bottle was a pleasant surprise.  It’s a good wine for the money, and a nice summer one to have on hand.

Not a lot going on with the nose, a little floral, citrus perhaps.  But once the wine gets in your mouth you immediately sense its combination of both freshness and dryness, with a good dose of lemon and lime, with some grapefruit flavors. 

It’s clean and rather simple, which might be its saving grace at this price point.  It’s not trying too hard; just enough to be above expectations at this low price point. And that’s not a bad thing.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 87 Points

Costco item number: 162023

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2012 Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc

This is a decent value Sauvignon Blanc for only $7.99.  It’s a little bland on the finish, but the bright fruit and citrus flavor packs a pretty good punch early on for a super inexpensive summer white like this.

Floral nose, citrusy too; the flavor is fresh and vibrant with apricot, peach, lime and grapefruit flavors.  It’s a wine that starts better than it finishes (drops off quick), but for something in this price range, it can easily be looked past. 

As is usually the case with Chilean wines, this one offers a good bang for the buck.  A fun summer wine at a great Costco price.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 86 Points

Costco item number: 753880

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2011 Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc

An excellent New Zealand offering for only $11.99. If you typically like New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, this is a must buy.

It’s bright and vibrant, starts with pleasant floral scents on the nose which leads to big tropical fruit – grapefruit, pineapple, lemon.  Nice acidity.  This one hit me right from almost every angle.  A very solid buy.  Pair it up with some summer fare that can hang, and you’re in for a real treat.

I’m going to put this one on our Value Picks list.  It’s hard to beat for a summer white at this price point.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 90 Points
*Value Pick*

Costco item number: 222230

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2011 Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Hills Sauvignon Blanc

A Costco staple, the Horse Heaven Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc from Chateau Ste. Michelle is always a solid white for under $15, and the 2011 is another good offering especially considering its $11.99 price tag.

The nose has light floral scents, a little earth and a hint of its citrus flavor.  On the palatte, the grapefruit, pear and apple flavors come together nicely; medium in body, a little dry on the finish, but the acidity helps stick it out.  This would be a great summer bottle so I might buy a few more to save for when I want a crisp, clean white for sunny days.

I reviewed the 2008 vintage of this wine, and gave it 89 Points, which is perhaps a little on the high side for the 2011, which I’ll bring in just a point below that at 88.  Recommended.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 88 Points

Costco item number: 229303

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2011 Cuvee A’Dair Sancerre

Just a lovely wine all the way around, and a must buy for Sauvignon Blanc fans, especially for $14.79 at Costco. Sancerre is in France’s acclaimed Loire Valley and almost every wine I’ve tasted from here has been excellent.

Big citrusy nose, almost like you’d expect from a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc but in the mouth it takes on a life of its own.  Flavors of lemon, lime, grapefruit, maybe some apricot, all very palatable.  A good dose of acidity as you expect from these wines.  Lovely on the finish.  Super food friendly, probably moreso than the New Zealands. 

I really enjoyed this one.  Nothing I would change, and it’ll join our Silver Rated wine list.  Don’t let the label and lack of description turn you away (shameless plug: if you’d like to learn more about the wines of France, check out my pocketbook primer on the subject: Decoding French Wine).

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 91 Points
*Silver Rated*

Costco item number: 685573

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CostcoWineBlog.com’s Highest Rated Wines of 2012

Once a year we assemble the Costco wines we rated the highest over the past 12 months. From glancing through the list, I think it’s safe to say that we found a lot of great wines at some fantastic prices. Our series in September on high end Costco wines provides quite a few placements on this list, but that’s not to say there weren’t some big bargains as well. 

As always, it’s going to be hard to find many of these wines since Costco moves their inventory so quickly (but I’ve seen at least 3-4 of these still available at Costco stores near me).  So keep an eye out.  These are all winners.  Click on the label to read our review of each wine. 

Thanks for another fun year. 
— Editor
 


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2011 Brancott Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

This is a regular addition to Costco’s wine roster each year, and this time it showed up right as the wonderful sub-$10 Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc ran out at my Costco.  At $8.99, here’s another Marlborough favorite that’s a great replacement for the Nobilo.

reviewed the 2010 vintage of this wine and found the 2011 to carry many of the same qualities.  It’s characteristic Marlborough with a nose that just leaps out of the glass.  Citrus like Starburst with grapefruit, apricot and a lemony acidic finish.  Slightly sweeter on the finish than the Nobilo and as I remember prior vintages being. 

But it rounds out an awesome wine at a great price at Costco.  Pick up enough to save a few for the summer when these really shine.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 87 Points (same as 2010 and the Nobilo)

Costco item number: 335929

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Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2012 at Costco

Wine Spectator just released their top 100 wines for 2012.  Here’s a PDF of the list.

A reader of our website suggested we try to list which of the wines from the list were available at Costco. I thought it was a fantastic idea.  But given the different selection of wines in Costco stores around the country, I thought it would be best to ask for help from all of our readers.

If you see any of the wines on the list, please tell everyone what you found and where on the Costco Wine Blog Facebook page.  Also, please list price, and of course any tasting notes if you’ve already opened the wine.

I’ll start by listing a few of the wines from the list that I’ve seen at Costco stores in Atlanta in the last few months (in some cases different vintages).

#51 Bodega Norton Malbec Mendoza Reserva 2010 (my review of the 2008 vintage)

#58 Perrin & Fils Vinsobres Les Cornuds 2010 (my review of the 2007 vintage)

#92 Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009 (my review of this wine.  Scored it a point ahead of WS)

 

 

So keep an eye out next time you hit your local Costco, and please report back anything you find.  I plan on hitting a few more stores to see what I can find. 

— Editor

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New Wine Book – Just Published: Around the Wine World in 40 Pages

I’m happy to announce the publication of my latest wine book titled Around the Wine World in 40 Pages: An Exploration Guide for the Beginning Wine Enthusiast.

It’s $3.99 for the Kindle with a physical version coming down the line. The book takes readers on a journey throughout the most popular and notable wine growing regions in the world, providing an inside perspective on what wine drinkers at all experience levels need to know about the grapes and styles from each region, along with the price points and suggestions on specific wines to try.  I even include references to a lot of wines that can be found at Costco.  I hope you enjoy.
— Editor

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